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Waldorf-Astoria

Address: 301 Park Ave.

Neighborhood: Midtown East

City: New York City

Phone: 800-924-3673; 212-355-3000

Website: www.waldorfnewyork.com

Expert Review

Covering a full city block, this East Midtown dame swept onto the New York scene in 1931 and has played host to every U.S. president since Hoover, not to mention the queen of England, and entertainment royalty from Cary Grant to Courtney Love; other milestones have included JFK and Jackie's wedding night and the penning of some of Cole Porter's biggest hits (find one of his pianos at the Cocktail Terrace). Indeed, the Waldorf is the quintessence of Manhattan's old-school swellegant high life and is still pretty darn grand over 80 years later. In fact, the so-called “Art Deco Queen of the East Side” has more to boast about than staying power these days. The property debuted its swank new Guerlain Spa in September 2008 – the 14,000-square-foot space on the 19th floor is swathed in a mix of white marble and silvery mosaic walls, with personalized treatments offered in private, spacious treatment rooms (formerly guestrooms). The hotel counts a whopping 1,245 good-size units (including 197 suites), individually appointed in traditional elegance borrowing from Europe and the Orient, with Deco and some modern touches, and all with luxurious marble baths. The Waldorf Towers, the adjacent boutique hotel occupying floors 28 through 42, has a separate entrance, reception and elevator banks, and offers even higher levels of luxury and services.

Tags: luxury | expensive | spa | historic

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